Letters from General Minister

Giving Thanks – A True Win-Win

November 25, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 25, 2021 Giving Thanks – A True Win-Win  In his book Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey, A. J. Jacobs chronicles his year of seeking …


Table Manners

November 18, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 18, 2021 Table Manners I remember well “table manners” being drilled into my young self. We studied “etiquette” in elementary school. How quaint, how antiquated! …


Waters of Welcome

November 11, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 11, 2021 Waters of Welcome Water is often present in Jesus’ ministry. When we say that administering the sacraments rightly is an essential “note” of …


For All the Saints

November 4, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, November 4, 2021 For All the Saints Each year at our September meeting, our presbytery celebrates the saints of our number who have been promoted to …


Lenses

October 21, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, October 21, 2021 Lenses I wear vision lenses. They change my perception of the world. Wrong lenses would distort it, but the right ones clarify it. …


Getting a Hearing

October 14, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, October 14, 2021 Getting a Hearing The first of the “Reformed Notes” of the church is that the Word of God is truly preached and heard. …


Keeping it Honest

October 7, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, October 7, 2021 Keeping it Honest Marks. Notes. Ends. The Book of Order describes the church’s essentials in three broad categories: 1. Its Marks. 2. Its …


Breathing Again

September 30, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 30, 2021 Breathing Again The horror of covid is that it robs its victims of their ability to breathe. The pandemic has created a corporate …


A War with no End?

September 16, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 16, 2021 A War with no End?[i]  In recent weeks the U.S. has withdrawn its troops from Afghanistan, marking the end of our nation’s longest …


Becoming What We Are

September 9, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 9, 2021 Becoming What We Are It’s called “sanctification” – the process of becoming the saints we already are. Paul tells the believers in Colossae, …


Going Public

September 2, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 2, 2021 Going Public Everything about the church is meant for public witness and benefit, to the glory of God. The church exists not for …


A Surging New Wave

August 26, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 26, 2021 A Surging New Wave Compassion fatigue. It afflicts all who give of themselves at length for the sake of others. I certainly faced …


Preserving Truthfulness

August 19, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 19, 2021 Preserving Truthfulness As we continue considering how the “Great Ends of the Church” will shape the church post-pandemic, today we land on a …


Evolution of Worship

August 12, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 12, 2021 Evolution of Worship “Boring.” Parents dread hearing this word from their children. It likewise chills church leaders when on the lips of congregants. …


A Church that Thrives in a New Era

August 5, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 5, 2021 A Church that Thrives in a New Era The acceleration of change in our world over recent decades is astonishing. Our communications, entertainment, …